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Papermill Reedbed

Papermill Reedbed was created to compensate for the loss of wetland habitat resulting from the construction of the Stowmarket relief road.

Papermill Reedbed was created to compensate for the loss of wetland habitat resulting from the construction of the Stowmarket relief road. The land is owned by Blakenham Farms and the reedbed creation was undertaken by the Trust.

 

The land was formerly dry grassland with very little wildlife interest and the ditches were overgrown and quite dry. Following a programme of ditch restoration and scrape creation together with installing water control structures, the land is now much wetter and the ditches hold water year round.
 

The wet ground will encourage the growth of common reed which in the coming years will become the dominant plant across much of the reserve.
 

The restored ditches are already home to water voles and regularly used by otter hunting for fish. Several species of dragonfly and damselfly have already colonised the ditches and open water areas.
 

The river Gipping which forms the eastern boundary of the reserve is especially attractive and particularly rich in wildlife and well worth walking beyond the boundary of the reserve.

Papermill Reedbed trail map - click to view

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Reserve information

Location
Papermill Lane, Bramford
Ipswich
Suffolk
Map reference
TM127483
Great for...
birdwatching
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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Opening Times
Open all day
Size
6.00 hectares
Access
No

Walking information
Riverside public footpath, paths can be muddy
Parking
Parking Papermill Lane on roadside – caution narrow in places and no pavement
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Alan Miller
Tel: 01502 478788

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